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Indie Filmmaker Distribution Sites

October 3, 2010 | By | Add a Comment

Margaret Ann Stewart

While everyone knows about the ability of independent filmmakers to upload their content to You Tube, there are other sites on the Internet that also provide new filmmakers with the opportunity to have their work seen by the public – and in some cases to make some money.

Sites

  • Alternative Cinema at http://www.alternativecinema.com/ is an online store for indie movies. The site has a variety of film sections, including Shock-O-Rama, Bloody Earth Films, Seduction Cinema and After Hours Cinema.Atom.com at http://www.atom.com/about/, once known as Atoms Films, is associated with Comedy Central Digital and focuses on independently made comedy videos, films, sketches, routines, as well as filmmaking, acting and writing talent. Atom.com distributes submitted material on the web, television and cellular phones and it holds a monthly comedy tournament for those that submit material.
  • Atom.com at http://www.atom.com/about/, once known as Atoms Films, is associated with Comedy Central Digital and focuses on independently made comedy videos, films, sketches, routines, as well as filmmaking, acting and writing talent. Atom.com distributes submitted material on the web, television and cellular phones and it holds a monthly comedy tournament for those that submit material.
  • Indie Flix at http://www.indieflix.com/ allows independent filmmakers to submit their films to the site, although you must become a member for a fee of $10. That is an annual fee, which provides you the opportunity to watch films submitted to the site on a pay-per-view basis. Filmmakers can make money by uploading their films through DVD sales and streaming pay-per-view audiences. Filmmakers earn 70% royalties, but there are fees applied to each type of distribution offered by the site.
  • IFC Media Lab Studios

  • IFC’s Media Lab at http://www.ifc.com/media-lab/ provides a platform for filmmakers to show their videos, films, shorts, web series and television programs on the Internet. However, posting is by invitation only and not open to the general public. IFC uses agents to attend festivals and search for talent whose films are suitable for the site and members vote on the best films each month.
  • Film Annex at http://www.filmannex.com/ offers web TV and films for viewing. Membership is free for both filmmakers and audiences. Filmmakers can upload their completed projects once they are members and fans vote on their favorite films. Popular films generate revenue from advertisers on the site, and fans can earn money by rating films they have watched.
  • LA Shorts at http://www.lashortsfest.com/video_list.asp is a site that allows filmmakers to upload their short films for free and that provides contests for films. Fans watch and vote on their favorite entries, which provides the opportunity for filmmakers to gain popularity and build their audiences.
  • The Smalls

  • The Smalls at http://www.thesmalls.com/legal-notice.go is a site that allows indie filmmakers to post their films and have them viewed by members for a fee. It appears that The Smalls acts as both an Internet distribution site for filmmakers, as well as a sales agent for filmmakers, allowing potential producers to contact the filmmaker through the site to purchase the rights to a film. The terms and conditions for the site also specify that filmmakers will allow The Smalls staff to edit their contributions and use portions of those contributions across the web for promotional purposes.
  • Jaman at http://www.jaman.com/ rents indie films on the site. Members can join for free, watch a wide variety of genres in film and vote on their favorite films. Filmmakers must join the site and apply to have their films included in the Jaman service.

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